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incipit

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noun in·ci·pit \ˈin(t)-sə-pət, ˈiŋ-kə-ˌpit; in-ˈsi-pət, -ˈki-\

Definition of incipit

  1. :  the first part :  beginning; specifically :  the opening words of a text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book



Origin of incipit

Latin, it begins, from incipere


First Known Use: 1897


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